Liam Hockley

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

I am a current Master of Philosophy student at the University of Adelaide. My area of research is in theoretical particle physics, specifically the investigation of CP Violation in the charmless decay of B mesons.

My thesis title is CP Violation in the Standard Model. In tackling this topic, I have focused on the study of B->K+ K- pi decays. In order to calculate direct CP violation in these decays, we calculate the CP asymmetry arising from the interference between relevant tree and penguin diagrams. I have employed well known tools such as Effective Hamiltonians and Naive Factorisation Approximations in this work. The first of these methods allows one to describe the amplitudes of particle decays in terms of products of quark currents in the Operator Product Expansion, while the second provides the means for simplifying the resultant matrix elements. One then calculates these matrix elements using form factors.

Current Teaching Positions:

Subject: Physics IB Workshop Mentor (2019, semester 2)

Role: My role as a workshop mentor is to meet with groups of about 15 students at a time, 3 times a week. In classes, I have the students working together on whiteboards in groups of about 3 or 4. I then go around, guiding them through worksheet problems on the week's lectures. Topics consist of Rotational Mechanics, Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. 


Previous Teaching Positions:

Physics IA Workshop Mentor (2019, semester 1) - Topics: Mechanics, Electromagnetism.

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